Acceptable Internet Use and Agreement Policy

GFI WebMonitor™ is an Internet access monitoring and control solution that allows network administrators to control and monitor Internet usage and ensure that your company`s Internet usage policy is adhered to. Because the Internet is an unregulated global means of communication, the information available to staff and students is impossible to control. Therefore, the [name of the governing body] adopts this Directive, which regulates the voluntary use of electronic resources and the internet, in order to provide guidance to individuals and groups who access those resources on devices belonging to organisations linked to [name of organisation] or via [name of organisation]. You should also consider developing a social media policy for your employees – see Managing Social Media in the Workplace and Learning How to Increase Cybersecurity in Your Workplace. If your organization provides Internet access, you need a PUA for the following reasons: An acceptable use policy (AUP) is a document that defines the restrictions and practices that a user must accept to access a corporate network or the Internet. The purpose of this policy is to protect [name of organization]`s electronic information from accidental compromise by authorized personnel via a remote access connection. In most cases, users browse a PUA without actually absorbing what is included in the agreement. Therefore, you should also include the terms of your PUA in your employee handbook. In addition, you should also make the guidelines known to all employees. You can do this during the onboarding process or have an annual review of your AUP done.

Companies and other institutions use a PUA to protect their networks from bad players. The purpose of an AUD is to ensure that everyone uses internet access only for the appropriate tasks. Restricting what users can do can help these ISPs comply with the law and protect other users from cybersecurity threats. Here are some provisions you can find in a PUA: After reading the policy, test their knowledge of the document. If you let them know that they need to answer a short questionnaire in advance, they will be motivated to understand the whole PUA. Be prepared to explain every part of the PUA so that your employees can rely on the information it contains. Employers should have an Internet use policy in place to ensure that their employees stay at work during working hours. The level of freedom your team should depend on the type of work they do. For example, creative teams may need a larger access area to examine social media trends and pop culture. Other teams may need access to local news or reports to do their jobs properly.

Monitoring internet usage in the office isn`t just about productivity, it`s also about security that could hurt your business, your employees, and your reputation. Learn how GFI WebMonitor is the tool to keep you and your users safe online. The use of the Internet by employees of [company name] is permitted and desired if such use supports the company`s objectives. At the heart of most AUP documents is the section that describes unacceptable uses of the network, as outlined in the University of Chicago`s AUP. Unacceptable conduct may include the creation and transmission of offensive, obscene or indecent material or images, the creation and transmission of material intended to cause anger, inconvenience or fear, the creation of defamatory material, the creation and transmission that infringes another person`s copyright, the transmission of unwanted commercial or promotional material and intentional unauthorized access to other services, which are accessible via the network/Internet connection. Then there is the type of activity that the network uses to waste time for technical staff to solve a problem that the user is causing, damage or destroy the data of other users, violate the privacy of other users online, use the network in such a way that it refuses service to others, continue to use software or any other system of which the user has already been warned. and any other misuse of the network, such as virus infiltration. A PUA is useful for businesses and educational institutions that provide Internet access to employees or students. Before having access to the network, they must agree to these conditions.

Similarly, when you register with an ISP, you usually need to sign a PUA that requires you to follow certain conditions. [Company Name], however, has a policy for the use of the Internet, where employees must ensure that they: In general, AUP statements/documents often begin with an explanation of the philosophy of the sponsoring organization and the intended reason why internet use is offered to users of that organization`s network. For example, the sponsoring organization follows a philosophy of self-regulation and offers the user a connection to the local network as well as a connection to the Internet, provided that the user accepts the fact that he is personally responsible for the actions taken when connecting to the network or the Internet. This may mean that the organization will not provide an alert system if the user violates the policy and it is up to the user to know when their actions violate the policy. Often, acceptable use policy documents contain a statement about the use of the network and/or the Internet and its use and benefits to the company, school or any other organization sponsoring the connection to the Internet. Such a statement may describe the usefulness of messaging systems, the ability to obtain information from websites, connecting with other people through the use of instant messaging, and other similar benefits of various protocols, including relatively new VoIP services. Customer may have access through the Services to search engines, subscription web services, chat areas, message boards, web pages, USENET, social networking sites or other services that publish rules, policies or agreements governing their use. Failure to comply with these rules, policies or agreements constitutes a violation of this AUP. MEC reserves the right not to accept the posting of newsgroups if it is actually known that the content of the newsgroups violates the AUP.

Most AUP statements describe the consequences of violating the policy. Such violations have consequences that depend on the user`s relationship with the organization. Common measures taken by schools and universities are to deprive the offender of service, and sometimes, if the activities are illegal, the organization may involve the relevant authorities such as the local police. Employers sometimes remove employees from service, although a more common measure is to terminate the employment relationship if violations may in any way violate the employer or compromise safety. Earthlink, a U.S. Internet service provider, has a very clear policy regarding violations of its policy. [7] The company identifies six levels of response to breaches: If employees know there are real consequences for the breach of your PUA, they are more likely to track your settings. .